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Games, food booths, employee tree displays and holiday lights will be the focus of this holiday season as Mayor Mufi Hannemann kicks off the 7th Annual Kapolei Hale City Lights celebration on Sunday, December 21st  at 5 p.m.  Due to the heavy rains last weekend, the event was moved from its original December 13th date.


“I want to thank the people of Leeward Oahu for their patience and understanding of our cancellation last week,” Mayor Hannemann said.  “We’re hoping for clearer skies this weekend so that we can continue this popular holiday tradition.” 


Kapolei City Lights attracts thousands and includes a 2008 Christmas Poster Coloring Contest, free goodie bags for children and a host of keiki games and activities. Santa will visit from 7:30 to 9 p.m.


The annual West Oahu Electric Light Parade will start at Kealanani Avenue at 6 p.m. The parade route turns left on Farrington Highway traveling on Kamokila Boulevard and ends on Uluohia Street.  More than 15 vibrant and uniquely-decorated vehicles, including fire trucks, the HPD mobile command center, a vector truck and parade sponsor vehicles will participate in the parade.


Following the parade, Mayor Hannemann and First lady Gail Mukaihata-Hannemann and special guests will light the City’s 35-foot tree at approximately 8:00 pm.


Throughout the evening special holiday entertainment will be presented by the Nanakuli High School drama class and special musical guests, including The Royal Hawaiian Band and Kapena.


            The celebration continues through January 2, 2009 with the trees and posters displayed inside Kapolei Hale. Viewing will be Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m.


Key sponsors for the 2008 Kapolei City Lights are Seagull Schools, Friends of Kapolei Hale, Hawaiian Electric Company, First Hawaiian Bank, Aina Nui Corporation - Kapolei Property Development, Grace Pacific, Ko Olina Charities, Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union, Kalaeloa Partners, DH Horton, Schnitzer Steel and Wal-Mart Stores.     


Contact:           Patty Teruya, 768-3888


Thursday, December 18, 2008

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